Harris, Williams pace BC, 17-13

Associated PressNovember 21, 2010 

— One key running back went down, but Boston College just continued to run its way to bowl eligibility.

Montel Harris carried 24 times for 114 yards, including a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, to make surging Boston College bowl eligible for the 12th straight season with a 17-13 victory Saturday over Virginia.

The win was the fourth straight for the Eagles (6-5, 4-4 ACC). Virginia (4-7, 1-6) has lost six of eight and has dropped 12 consecutive November games, dating to a 48-0 victory over Miami on Nov. 10, 2007.

The loss may have been costly for the Eagles, who lost Harris to a left knee injury a few plays after his go-ahead score. He was taken for an MRI, but the results were not available.

When Harris was forced out, reserve Andre Williams easily took his place, carrying 12 times for 108 yards.

It was the eighth 100-plus yard game of the season for Harris, who moved into second place ahead of Mike Cloud on the school's all-time list with 3,600 yards before the injury. Derrick Knight ('03) is the leader with 3,725.

Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig threw a 39-yard scoring strike to Alex Amidon, and Nate Freese booted a 23-yard field goal.

Robert Randolph had a pair of field goals for the Cavaliers, Perry Jones had his first career rushing touchdown, a 1-yarder midway into the second quarter, and quarterback Marc Verica completed 31 of 49 passes for 284 yards with one interception.

Also Saturday

Florida State 30, Maryland 16: Nick Moody returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown with 36 seconds to play to clinch host Florida State's victory.

The Seminoles (8-3, 6-2 ACC), who finish the regular season next week with Florida, lead the Atlantic Division.

But N.C. State, which beat FSU, would clinch the Atlantic title and a berth in the ACC championship game by beating Maryland next Saturday.

Down 23-16, Maryland (7-4, 4-3) began its final drive on its own 24 with 4:31 to play.

The Terrapins moved methodically down the field and faced a fourth-and-7 from the Seminoles' 19-yard line. But Danny O'Brien's desperation pass over the middle was picked off by Moody, a junior safety, returned down the far sideline.

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